From State Highway Four to LeSueur, the Minnesota River flows gently through the fertile farmland of the southwestern part of the state. The Minnesota River today is far removed from the powerful glacial River Warren that carved out its wide valley. There are no major rapids. About rapids classes. Tell me more about this river's landscape, wildlife, and history.
Flooding and high water alert
Safety officials warn paddlers, boaters and swimmers to pay attention to river levels. High water levels mean fast moving water with a lot of debris. Avoid rivers if there is a high water alert, check the area for other locations that are at a safer level. Always wear a life jacket and let someone know where you will be and when you expect to return.
(Updated June 25, 2018)
Minnesota River Water Trail sections and maps:
- Ortonville to Granite Falls (Map, GeoPDF Map)
- Granite Falls to State Hwy 4 (Map, GeoPDF Map)
- State Hwy 4 to LeSueur (Map, GeoPDF Map)
- LeSueur to Fort Snelling (Map, GeoPDF Map)
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Brown, Nicollet, Blue Earth, and Le Sueur Counties, southern Minnesota
Contact DNR Parks and Trails Southern Regional Office: (320) 359-6067.